18 months to 3 years. Circle time, then stations, then dot painting. Same stations each week. Super cheap. A good way to work on increasing attention span.
16.31 for 3 sessions
Silver Springs Recreation Center
1951 Silver Springs Pkwy.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This class is for children 18 months to 3 years. We did the class at about 2.5. The format begins with the kids sitting on the mat looking at posters where the shape of the week is introduced. They play an interactive color identifying/matching game with felt pieces on the wall, where they practice taking turns. Then we move to stations, where the kids play with sorting buckets, a sand tray, and flashcards. At the end of each class we use those paint dot markers to dot the shape of the week.
WHAT TO TAKE
Wet wipes for potential paint cleanup. An art poncho if you want to be very careful, but definitely not necessary.
I easily take my stroller into the Silver Springs Rec Center and sometimes use the baby carrier to free up my hands.
Kyler (2) has a super hard time with circle time. He mainly runs around the room distracting everyone. We usually take a little walk in the hall after my 5th attempt to get him to sit down. Then we come back into the room for stations. We are still working on sorting, so he just plays around. The painting at the end is fun, even if the dots are all over his arms rather than on the triangles and squares.
WHAT WE LIKED
The teacher is very patient and engaged with the kids. The price is reasonable. I like classes at Silver Springs Rec Center because it is relatively quiet compared to the other Rec Centers and the classes are small.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
I was surprised when the stations during the second class were the same stations as the first class. The familiarity is good, I suppose, but Kyler definitely tired of the stations quickly the second time around. I definitely would have liked it more if the stations were new each time.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
Probably not. It is definitely one of those parent and me classes that require a lot of interaction on my part, and with Korbin (9 mos) in tow, it was difficult. If you only have one little, or if yours are more focused than mine, I would definitely recommend this class. If I could go with only Kyler, I would go again.